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Edward Albees Three Tall Women portrays the life of a woman A who overcomes numerous hardships The entire play is set in the womans bedroom and the time is the present The cast of only five two of which have no lines perform the play arena style Upon coming to see this play I had absolutely no knowledge of the story line or playwright With the first act I followed the story easily understanding the old woman was ninety-two and physically incapable of caring for herself However it was not her makeup or movements that ultimately led me to believe she was ninety-two years old It was her first line Im ninety-two years old which gave me the hint Her makeup made her look old but not that old Her hair being dark gray as opposed to being white perhaps contributed her younger-than-ninety-two-years-old appearance Also her movements were convincing at times but lacked frailness at certain points For instance when she returned from the bathroom and sat on the bed she was very able to seat herself and sit very well without any back support whereas earlier she had needed assistance as well as a pillow for her back The other characters B and C were convincing in their costumes and makeup However I didnt truly understand their characters I couldnt tell if the nurse B was annoyed with the old woman or if she felt sorry for her Character C the lawyer didnt really have a defined character except that she exhibited no sympathy for the old woman Her facial expressions were blank at times and her movements seemed awkward After intermission the play resumed and this time the old woman was apparently dead All three characters returned but this time they portrayed three different stages of the old womans life a young girl of twenty-six a middle-aged woman of 52 and a much older woman After being confused at times during
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